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How America Got On-line by Alan Stone

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Telecommunications Turbulence

 

 

 

The Future as History

Telecommunications history has consisted of the interactions between government intervention, entrepreneurial and corporate innovation, and technological and scientific invention. This book has sought to trace the complex relationships among these factors, and to show that reductionist arguments purporting to explain the progress and development of the United States telecommunications system are misplaced. Certainly, as the experience of the communist countries has shown, publicly owned and operated enterprises have been found wanting. But there is surely enough experience to show that private ownership coupled with some degree of public involvement can yield good economic ...

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